Huawei accelerates Bahrain 5G rollout

'1+1 antenna modernisation' will allow carriers to upgrade existing antennas instead of having to build new ones.
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Muharraq, Bahrain as seen from the air. Photo credit: Ben Mack

Huawei has announced it will help speed-up Bahrain’s rollout of commercial 5G networks with its “1+1 antenna modernisation” solution.

Developed to address issues of antennas being unable to support 5G services, the 1+1 antenna modernisation programme involves dual antennas; one passive antenna for sub-3 GHz frequency bands, and another for C-band and mmWave. That way, carriers can simply upgrade existing antennas, rather than having to spend more money investing in entirely new antennas and related infrastructure.

Huawei Bahrain chief executive John Lu Yuedong says the future is looking bright for 5G in Bahrain. “This is a step forward in enabling Bahraini operators to accelerate the arrival of 5G networks and bring digital to every home, person and organisation for a fully connected, intelligent world.”

Huawei Bahrain subnet solution vice president Shui Yu is also optimistic. “Huawei’s antenna solution helps operators consolidate the number of 2G, 3G, and 4G antennas, paving the way for large-scale 5G deployment,” he said. “At the same time, the antenna reconstruction greatly improves the aesthetics of the tower antenna and reduces visual pollution. Multiple operators can share towers, poles, and even antennas to maximise resource utilisation, reduce the cost of sharing rent, and optimise the civil engineering cost.”

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